DM3003-Personal Effectiveness : Personal Growth and Change

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Dorota Bourne


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module explores achieving personal and professional growth in a complex, ambiguous and uncertain work context through an evaluation of self in relation to stakeholder, customer and supplier management. By developing an understanding of approaches to engagement, facilitating cross functional working and negotiation, students will explore how they themselves can change as they seek to deliver organisational growth. The module also considers the particular issues associated with the leadership of change. This module considers personal wellbeing and resilience, as well as the capacity for sustained personal development.


In this module a systematic knowledge of management will be deployed to allow students to consider on how their personal growth and development. Throughout, they will be exposed to the complexity, ambiguity and uncertainty that underpin many management situations.


The module aims to prepare students to:


  1. Build rapport and trust, develop networks and maintain relationships with people from a range of cultures, backgrounds and levels.

  2. Contribute within a team environment.

  3. Effectively influence and negotiate, being able to have challenging conversations and give constructive feedback.

  4. Work collaboratively with internal and external customers and suppliers.

  5. Build personal resilience and support others to do the same

  6. Develop a mindset of continuous personal development

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module the student will be able to:

  1. appraise the need for and plan for continued personal professional development

  2. review and plan the continuing resources required for ongoing personal professional development

  3. formulate a personal development plan

  4. plan to support and promote their own welfare as well as that of others

  5. Formulate strategies and approaches for leading change

Additional outcomes:

Students should demonstrate how they have:

  1. Taken responsibility for each step of the personal development process

  2. Analysed their interpersonal skills and taken responsibility to further development of these through engagement with all relevant stakeholders, in a professional and inclusive manner

  3. Applied their thinking with adaptability and agility to changing organisational needs.

  4. Ability to ameliorate barriers to well-being

Outline content:

Students will be required to review and plan the continued resourcing of a personal development plan that can continue to be used throughout the duration of their studies to enhance self-awareness and personal development. Themes related to continued personal development, growth and change will be examined through self-awareness and reflection, in order to evaluate, reflect and continue to contribute to personal and organisational performance. They will be required to report their findings. These will be shared with the apprenticeship provider.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Students will be guided but not directed in their investigations. They will be allocated an academic supervisor. There will be an initial workshop to help them appraise, evaluate and review, and there will be formative assessment of their evaluation. The student will be required to prepare a reflective commentary on their personal learning and implications for ongoing and future practice. They will be required to demonstrate learning to peers and colleagues.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 21
Work-based learning 86
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (directed) 45
    Essay preparation 30
    Reflection 18
Total hours by term 200 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

 A 1500 words report and a portfolio (no word limit) of evidence

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:


    Reassessment arrangements:

    By resubmission of coursework to the same brief

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 8 April 2019


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